Thursday, October 15, 2009
RIP Martyn Sanderson
Martyn Sanderson, one of the founders of Downstage Theatre, died overnight at his home in Otaki, New Zealand. Downstage Director Hilary Beaton praised the director's positive influence on the theatre: "Martyn was one of several visionary Wellingtonians who worked together in 1963 and 1964 to start Downstage, New Zealand's first professional theatre, I would like to pay tribute to Martyn for his tireless support for our work and for the principles on which we depend.." Sanderson was still producing theatre when he died. Martyn Sanderson appeared in 1969's "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger.